Ducks Defeat 18th Ranked Hoyas 57-50

The Oregon Ducks upset the 18th ranked Georgetown Hoyas, 57-50, in Washington DC tonight in Oregon's biggest non-conference test of the season. It was a landmark victory for the Ducks who wore black uniforms and beat a ranked opponent in the Eastern Time Zone for the first time in school history.

(PHOTO) Oregon's Bryce Taylor (4) drives to the basket against Georgetown's Jeff Green in first half college men's basketball action at the Verizon Center in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

It was a defensive struggle throughout the game as the bigger, more physical Hoyas of the Big East Conference controlled the tempo. The Ducks, 6-0 for the first time since the 2002-03 season, withstood a nine minute drought in a slow paced first half to go into the break trailing just 25-23, despite shooting only 28% from the field.

Malik Hairston entered Oregon's lineup for the first time this year at the 13:33 mark of the first half after missing the first five games with a groin injury and scored his first basket on a spectacular follow jam late in the half. Hairston gave the Ducks energy off the bench and contributed eight points and six rebounds on the night.

Oregon finally took control of the seesaw game in the second-half as Bryce Taylor hit several critical shots including a three-pointer to give Oregon the lead for good at 39-37. Aaron Brooks scored six consecutive points in crunch time to salt the game away and finished as the Ducks leading scorer with 15 points on 6-15 shooting from the field while Taylor finished with 14 points.

Junior guard Jonathon Wallace led the Hoyas with 17 points on 8-13 shooting from the field. Oregon limited Georgetown's 7-foot-2 junior center Roy Hibbert, who is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, to four points and four rebounds thanks in large part to the tenacious defense of Maarty Leunen who was a big presence in the paint grabbing eight boards.

Georgetown is coming off a 23-10 season in 2005 including a trip to the sweet sixteen in last spring's NCAA tournament where they lost to eventual champion Florida 57-53.

Oregon avenged last season's loss to Georgetown who defeated the Ducks on Dec. 3, 2005 at McArthur Court in Eugene, 71-57, ending the Ducks 35-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.

Notes: Oregon's next game is Saturday, December 9 against Nebraska in the Pape Jam at the Rose Garden.

Chamberlin Oguchi left the game with an apparent ankle injury at the 17:38 mark of the second half and didn't return.

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